What causes puffy eyes? Excluding the possibility of a bacterial infection, such as a stye or changes in hormone levels as a result of thyroid disease, swollen (puffy) eyes are usually due to allergies, dry skin, sun damage, diet, and even sleep position. Sleep can cause inflammation. Fluid can be accumulated in the eyelid and surrounding eye area depending on the sleep position.
Here are a few home remedy treatments for puffy eyes;
- Use two pillows to keep head elevated while sleeping. Fluid won’t accumulate underneath the eye.
- Don’t rub your eyes in the morning and avoid rubbing throughout the day. Not only can this contribute to puffy eyes, but it will most definitely contribute to future wrinkles and sagging.
- Light Massage: Before jumping out of bed perform a light self-massage. Close your eye and gently press with your ring finger underneath one eye, moving in an arch shape from the inside corner to the outside corner. Massage each eye 10 to 15 times.
- Cucumbers! Cucumber aren’t only cool and soothing, but their astringent properties cause blood vessels to restrict.
- Grated Potato: Potato starch acts as an anti-inflammatory to ease irritated eyes and help tighten skin around the eyes.
- Cool Spoon: Place 4 to 6 spoons in the fridge. When you need to deflate those eyeballs, lie down, close eyes and space a cool spoon on each eye. As soon as the spoon warms replace it with another cool spoon from the fridge.
- Water, Water, Water! Be sure to drink at least 8 ounces of water a day. When the body is dehydrated it goes into survival mode, storing water in the most undesirable places.
- Then there’s my fave! Tea Bags: Both green tea and black tea bags work well to soothe puffy, irritated eyes. Tea bags help reduce the swelling around the eyes as it contains anti-irritant properties. At the same time it will help give relief to redness and inflammation. Place two tea bags in hot water for 3 to 5 minutes. Once comfortably warm to the touch, lie down, close your eyes, place a tea bag over each eye, and then cover with a soft cloth for 10 to 15 minutes.
There are many products on the market claiming to alleviate puffy eyes. However, be careful not to overuse, as some have a tendency to cause dryness to the skin, and only redistributes fluid around the eye. The roller balls? Save yourself some money and utilize the light-massage technique which offers the same effect.